Kimberly DeWald's Profile

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My journey into jewelry design began one Christmas when I was around 8 or 9. My grandmother gave me a giant box filled with every type of bead, string, wire, clasp, and tool that I would need to jump right in and start creating. It was like a treasure chest for me and remains to this day one of the best gifts I have ever received. In high school I would bring my jewelry to school and sell to my classmates during lunch. I started to participate in small craft shows in and around my hometown. Fast forward a few years to when I studied jewelry design at FIT in NYC while also working at a high end jewelry store and apprenticing with the stores master jewelers. My aspiration was always to become a fine jewelry designer working in traditional fabrication methods of casting and metalwork. As I continued to work toward this goal until I became pregnant with my first child and could not in good conscious expose myself and my child to the…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 22
  • Joined August 13, 2008

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver and 14 Karat Gold Filled Wire, Precious and SemiPrecious Gemstones, and Freshwater Pearls

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About

My journey into jewelry design began one Christmas when I was around 8 or 9. My grandmother gave me a giant box filled with every type of bead, string, wire, clasp, and tool that I would need to jump right in and start creating. It was like a treasure chest for me and remains to this day one of the best gifts I have ever received. In high school I would bring my jewelry to school and sell to my classmates during lunch. I started to participate in small craft shows in and around my hometown. Fast forward a few years to when I studied jewelry design at FIT in NYC while also working at a high end jewelry store and apprenticing with the stores master jewelers. My aspiration was always to become a fine jewelry designer working in traditional fabrication methods of casting and metalwork. As I continued to work toward this goal until I became pregnant with my first child and could not in good conscious expose myself and my child to the chemicals and fumes that accompany those processes. So I turned back to my first love, beads, and I haven't looked back since. As my children grew I continuously worked to hone and perfect my technique until I achieved my vision of creating fine jewelry with gemstone beads, pearls, and precious metal wire. Every piece of my jewelry tells a story and has an inspiration, whether from nature, a certain historical period, or the materials themselves. I constantly seek out unique, character filled gemstones that you don't see in traditional fine jewelry. I consider all my designs to be wearable sculpture; every piece I design is absolutely one of a kind; which ensures that the art jewelry you choose is as unique and special as you are.

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